Tell the Ministry for Primary Industries that caring people, like you, want to see an end to all live export
Together, we have an opportunity to close the door on the cruel live export trade – for good. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is currently reviewing the live export of cows, sheep, goats and deer. MPI is considering four options that range from a tightening of legislation to a total ban.
Cows selected for live export are usually taken from green pastures in New Zealand. They are sometimes shipped pregnant, confined to small pens. They travel across the Pacific Ocean, where they can be thrown about in rough seas. Once the journey is over, they may be taken to concrete factory farms to give birth, where they are then kept for years to be milked.
In New Zealand, our law states that animals are sentient. Because animals feel emotions like pain and joy, we have standards for how they should be treated. When we export animals to countries with lower animal welfare standards, we are putting them at risk and undermining our laws. All animals exported alive are eventually slaughtered. This is usually by means deemed too cruel to be legal in New Zealand.
In this review, MPI is ignoring the millions of day-old chicks exported alive every year. Before they even hatch, they are selected for bleak, uncertain futures. The day-old chicks are taken to farms that cram the birds into small cages that would be illegal in New Zealand.
We need to protect all animals
In 2003, we achieved a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter. However, loopholes in the law mean that millions of our animals are still being sent overseas alive. It is time to close the loopholes and end live export for good.
Tell the Government to ban all live export
Send a submission to MPI asking for a total ban on the live export of all farmed animals.
You can either write your own answers to the questions or copy our ones below. The best submissions are the ones from people who take the time to write in their own words, from the heart. You don’t have to be an expert, just share your thoughts and together we can do this!
This submission will be sent directly to the Ministry for Primary Industries. Submissions are public information, if you would like MPI to withhold any of your information please write so in your submission.